For decades now, Al Gore has been letting his inner Chicken Little out over global warming. He recently got knocked down a few pegs during a appearance by a man who says that water levels haven’t changed at all since he started his career as a commercial crabber 50 years ago.
Gore travelled to Tangier Island, Virginia, where he made this appearance during a CNN town hall. Anderson Cooper was the host as Gore talked about how the local region has been affected by global warming.
The Tangier mayor and commercial crabber, James Eskridge, confronted Gore about the claims he made about rising sea levels during a question and answer period.
“I’m a commercial crabber and I’ve been working the Chesapeake Bay for 50+ years. I have a crab house business out on the water and the water level is the same as it was when the place was built in 1970,” Eskridge told Gore. “I’m not a scientist, but I am a keen observer and if sea level rises are occurring, why am I not seeing signs of it?”
Eskridge also said that he doesn’t believe the claims Gore was making about Tangier island sinking because of global warming.
Eskridge stood his ground, saying that natural forces such as “wave action [and] storms” are the reasons why the island is slowly eroding.
The island has lost 66 percent of its land mass to erosion and the town officials have asked the federal government for help. Mayor Eskridge wants the feds to prevent or limit more erosion from occurring by building a seawall.
Gore attempted to save any dignity he had left in front of the townspeople.
“Have [the storms] increased any?” Gore had asked Eskridge.
Tangier’s mayor commented about his experience the last 50 years replying, “Not really.”
The mayor is right. Despite what Gore has to say about global warming and that tropical storms and hurricanes are increasing, we haven’t seen any changes.
We have yet to even see a hurricane this year.